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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

films to stream in the UK week of Aug 19 2013 (Netflix/LoveFilm/blinkbox)

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What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix, Lovefilm, blinkbox.

Netflix

new to stream

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Amour: tender, devastating arthouse exploration of love’s dedication as an elderly man cares for his terminally ill wife; a film both beautiful and terrible [my review] [at Netflix]

because you missed it

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The Spirit of ’45: Ken Loach’s fierce and angry documentary is a reminder of the energy and community-mindedness that built Britain’s welfare state, and the forces now ripping it apart [at Netflix]

summertime fun

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Amelie: a magical, transporting confection of dreams and hopes and kindness and true love; cotton candy-fantasy perfection [my review] [at Netflix]
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The Recruit: the spy action is pretty preposterous, but Colin Farrell and Al Pacino are fun to watch [my review] [at Netflix]

Lovefilm

new to stream

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The Magdalene Sisters: brutal drama about the real-life slavery endured by thousands of young women at the hands of the Catholic Church in Ireland in the 20th century [at Lovefilm]

summertime fun

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Beginners: charming, poignant romantic dramedy, with an Oscar-winner performance from Christopher Plummer [at Lovefilm]
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet: Tim Burton’s movie musical is a perfect film, all operatic gruesomeness and cobblestones-and-fog moodiness [my review] [at Lovefilm]

blinkbox

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

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Iron Man 3: by far the best of the Iron Man movies: it’s clever, exciting, and unexpectedly poignant, with a sweet, vulnerable performance from Robert Downey Jr. [my review] [at blinkbox]

because you missed it

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Compliance: chilling arthouse drama inspired by real events about the human propensity to bow to even the mere perception of authority [at blinkbox]
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My Brother the Devil: British urban crime drama of unusual heft and depth; smart, memorable, unsentimental [at blinkbox]
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Rabbit Hole: devastating drama about the impact on a couple after their young son is killed; excellent performances from Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart [at blinkbox]
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The Words: intriguing exploration of living with mistakes made features great performance by Bradley Cooper, though the film leaves too much unsaid in the end [at blinkbox]


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